Parable of Lost Sheep (Luke15:1-7) and Parable of Lost Coin (Luke 15:8-10)
Lost, what does that mean? Jesus reminds us that lost means it is no longer in the owner’s possession. It is ruined or destroyed physically or morally. It is taken away or beyond reaches. But found is to be brought back into the owner’s possession.
All of this seems simple, but it is essential when we see how valuable the Lord considers the sinners in the Lord’s eyes.
Both the Pharisees and the scribes began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” Luke 15:2
Four Types of People:
Here in Luke, we find Jesus with four types of people: tax collectors, sinners, Pharisees, and scribes. Usually, you would never see them running in the same circles.
The tax collector would not darken the door of the Pharisees nor a sinner dines with a scribe. Yet here they are together in one place and time – breathing the same air.
The Pharisees and scribes rebuked Jesus, but the tax collectors and sinners rejoiced in His presence. Jesus is the great equalizer. In His eyes, they’re both lost. Jesus never bows to the social cast system.
Disturbing the Peace
The Pharisees and scribes grumbled and complained. It was personal and public. Then, into the air of their disdain, He spoke the truth.
He silenced them by teaching a parable and hushed them with pinpoint instruction.
What’s Lost is Valuable
There are two ways something we value is lost: it slips from our fingers, or it’s snatched out of our hands. Both ways leave a hole in your heart, and we stand there empty.
Every mother’s greatest fear is the probability her child will be snatched from her arms or taken as soon as they’re out of her sight. This uncontrollable loss and the uncertain fate of her child pierces her soul. Nothing will satisfy her empty arms.
Like a shepherdess, she will not be comforted until the lost lamb is found. When she finds her child, then she rejoices and asks others to join her.
What was lost is found!
Just so, I tell you, there will be joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. (Luke 15:7)
Even a lost coin is precious to an empty purse. No ground is undisturbed, and no area goes un-searched.
There is joy and great relief when you find the lost coin.
Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10)
We see the disdain of the Pharisees and scribes. The hurt on the faces of the tax collectors and sinners does not escape us. But, Jesus. Well, Jesus sees joy in heaven and hears the rejoicing of God’s angels at one repentant soul.
Lord, open our eyes to see and our ears to hear what you are saying to the church. Amen